5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Succulents
Here, 5 of the most common mistakes succulent newbies are making, and how to get those beauties to thrive. Whether you’re starting your first garden or switching to organic, we have all the answers and advice you need
1. Placing Them in Poorly Lit Area
For common houseplants, we have an easier time—many are native to tropical jungles and accustomed to the shifting periods of shade and sun that happen in your home . But if you put a plant that’s used to experiencing a full 12 hours out in the broiling hot sun on an east-facing sill, you’re begging for failure. Your best bet: Choose the sunniest south-facing window available, and if all windows face elsewhere, or pick a more forgiving succulent like aloe.
2. Not Watering Them Enough
You know that in the desert, when it rains, it pours. To make your own desert-dweller happy, try to emulate the rainfall patterns native to its home habitat. Don’t treat your cacti with a trickle, turn on the taps and let loose a deluge. All succulents (and all plants for that matter) benefit from a complete soaking.
3. Using A Standard Potting Soil
Most potted plants come in a standard soil mix that works for almost every kind of plant, from ferns to fiddle-leaf figs. The problem is because succulents are designed to withstand one of the most extreme environments on planet earth. Once you get your succulent baby home, change its soil to a desert-dweller mix, combining half potting soil with something like perlite or vermiculite. use Naturally Green products available on www,naturallygreenindia.com, including ready to use directly from pack pre mixes for cactii & succulents, which are tested & proven.
4. Crowding Too Many In One Container
Succulents tend to come packed into adorable little dishes, all crammed together cheek by jowl. Overcrowding is one of the best ways to encourage mold and insect infestations. The second issue is that, although succulents do very well getting by on slim pickings, they still need food and water, and too much competition means they’ll probably miss out.
5. Growing Unrealistic Varieties
Some wild things just aren’t meant to be tamed, no matter how pretty their flowers or beguiling their form. Stick to the tough little cookies that will happily accept the window sill as their home sweet home. Crassula is a good genus to explore if you’re working with indoor conditions, as is Sansevieria.
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